Learning Lots of Repertoire at once
This might be a dumb question, but I genuinely don't know the answer to this question. How do you learn a lot of music at once? I have a lot of music to learn over the summer and I've been practicing it, but I'm fairly certain I'm going about it the wrong way. Do you split the workload in half (or thirds, quarters, whatever) and learn that portion of music and then move on to the next portion once the previous one is learned and put it to the side for a bit? Do you learn all of it at the same time by splitting the workload over a few days and after you get through it all you start back at the beginning? Something completely different?
I've never had this amount of music to learn before and I feel like I'm doing it VERY wrong, so I was hoping people who have done the same thing could tell me how to tackle lots of music to where it all gets learned in a good amount of time and nothing either gets too neglected or half-baked.
If this is a stupid question, I apologize.
How much is "a lot"?
The level of difficulty varies. Here’s the entire list:
Either you are a genius or your teacher is an idiot.
Wow, that’s some list.
If your teacher wants you to simply get familiar with these pieces over the summer and gradually polish them after you resume your lessons, I see nothing wrong with it.
With such a stupid amount of rep to learn, I would be tempted to study one group of things per day, followed with quick review during the last hour of practise. Your brain will process the other pieces in the background during the days you work on everything else.
Who decided what would he on the list, you or your teacher?
I believe Josh Wright (pianist on YouTube) has a video on learning a lot of rep. That may be worth taking a look at. I can't remember the exact title though. Even though its on piano, its transferrable over I think
Second thought tells me there's no way his teacher assigned Pag 2, 16, and Ysaye if it's his first time learning Kreutzer 2-15.
Sure, Mavis, but then what does he work on
I assume that a good chunk of this is review, but this is still manageable even if not.
I’m going to try and answer all questions in one post.
As a side note, when I first saw this topic header, I guessed this would be about learning orchestral repertoire for gigs. That's where the rubber really meets the road in learning efficiency, because if you're a freelancing violinist (or are lucky enough to land a full-time orchestra job) you may have an entire concert's worth of repertoire to learn each week.